Revolution and Ideology

History, Philosophy, Film, and Whatever Else We Feel Like Discussing

Is Union Membership Worth More Than Going to College?

We discuss an article titled “The Cumulative Advantage of a Unionized Career for Lifetime Earnings” and discover whether or not you should join a union or go to college (or both!).

Quiet Quitting – Hegelian or Marxist?

Where does the act of quiet quitting fit into the context of a larger movement? Does it have the potential to make a real impact? Is it Marxist or Hegelian?

Is Every Act a Political Act?

As a short follow-up to our previous episode, we discuss whether or not every act is a political act. We briefly mention commodification, socialization, industrialization, technology, capitalism, religion, and more.

You Can’t Blame Everything on Capitalism

We loosely discuss a Gawker article by Clare Coffey titled “Failure to Cope Under Capitalism”.

Are Labor Strikes Illegal in the United States? The Taft-Hartley Act of 1947

We discuss a short history of labor strikes in the United States and how the federal government dramatically reduced the power of labor with the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947.

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Georg Simmel’s “The Ruin”

Georg Simmel’s “The Ruin”

https://youtu.be/aldg4YNobdU We discuss the 1911 essay "The Ruin" by German sociologist, philosopher, and critic Georg Simmel in which he discusses the importance of architecture compared to the other arts and why ruins hold a special meaning for humans. The Ruin:...

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Could Utopia be Apocalyptic?

Could Utopia be Apocalyptic?

Continuing our series on the apocalypse, we discuss the chapter “Dying of Happiness: Utopia at the End of this World” in Maria Manuel Lisboa’s book “The End of the World: Apocalypse and its Aftermath in Western Culture” and the idea that utopia itself might bring about the apocalypse.

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Zombieland – Zombie Comedies and Their Significance

Zombieland – Zombie Comedies and Their Significance

We discuss the dramatic significance of zombie comedies using Zombieland as an example. Dr. Kyle William Bishop in his article “Vacationing in Zombieland : the classical functions of the modern zombie comedy” applies Northrop Frye’s frameworks for criticism to demonstrate how the zombie comedy is more than just gratuitous violence and should be taken seriously by academic and critics alike. We use specific examples from Bishop, Frye, and the film itself to show why Zombieland, for example, is a traditional dramatic romantic comedy.

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7 Functions of Apocalyptic Media

7 Functions of Apocalyptic Media

We discuss the 7 functions of apocalyptic cinema according to Wynn Gerald Hamonic’s 2017 article, “Global Catastrophe in Motion Pictures as Meaning and Message: The Functions of Apocalyptic Cinema in American Film.”

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Killing Humanity in Apocalyptic Media

Killing Humanity in Apocalyptic Media

We discuss a book chapter by Dina Khapaeva titled “Killing Humanity – Anthropocentrism and Apocalypse in Contemporary Cinema” from the edited volume “The Age of Spectacular Death” edited by Michael Hviid Jacobsen. Khapaeva discusses the “human” and “anti-human” paradigms in apocalyptic media and the commodification of anti-humanism mentioning examples such as The Incredibles, Avengers, Harry Potter, Wall E, Pacific Rim, and many others.

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